Laparoscopic management of splenic artery aneurysms.

Original article


Kokkalera U, Bhende S, Ghellai A.

Department of Surgery, Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, Pennsylvania 18840, USA.

J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech 2006 Dec;16(6):604-8.


Splenic artery aneurysms are rare clinical entities that carry the risk of rupture and fatal hemorrhage. Due to the availability of advanced imaging techniques, they are now being found more frequently and identified earlier. Historically, the surgical approach to their management has consisted of laparotomy with resection of the aneurysm and a possible splenectomy. Recently, angiographic interventions and laparoscopic exclusion of splenic artery aneurysm has been shown to provide adequate therapy without the morbidity associated with open aneurysmectomy and splenectomy. In patients with previous abdominal surgery, a planned hand-assisted approach may be needed. We present the cases of two patients with splenic artery aneurysms who were successfully managed laparoscopically. The hand-assisted approach was needed in our second patient, who had a history of gastric bypass surgery. Both patients had an uneventful postoperative course and were discharged home on postoperative day one.

Keywords: Laparoscopic management of splenic artery aneurysms.